UN-OCHA Course on "Coordinated Assessment and Information Management (CAIM)" from May 26 to 31, 2019 in Berlin

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In order to be able to act effectively and quickly in crisis situations, it is important that local needs are carefully analyzed and coordinated. It is the task of so-called information managers to plan and carry out these needs analyses and to evaluate the results. A reliable and precise assessment of humanitarian needs improves the effectiveness of humanitarian aid and ensures more accurate response planning and timely decision-making. But how do information managers find out what they need to take into account?

This was the aim of the "Coordinated Assessment and Information Management (CAIM)" course, which took place from 26 to 31 May in Berlin. The six-day course, developed and conducted by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), was attended by 31 participants, including an expert from the ZIF pool. ZIF acted as host.

The CAIM is a basic training designed for experts who already have conceptual knowledge in needs analysis and assessment and want to improve their skills. During the training, the experts were also introduced to assuming leadership and/or support roles in humanitarian assessments. Participants learned which kind of data is needed for effective and rapid action in crisis situations, how to obtain this data and what is important in the analysis. At the end of the training, they were able to use and test their newly acquired knowledge in an experimental game.

Since many participants came to Berlin directly from their offices, e.g. in Syria, Somalia or South Sudan, the CAIM training was also a good opportunity for them to exchange information about their work and to improve their regional knowledge.

Since 2011, ZIF, politically and financially supported by the Federal Foreign Office, has been working with OCHA within the framework of the Stand-By Partnership (SBP). The program contributes to ensuring the coordination of crisis operations through the short-term provision and training of qualified experts. Through various cooperation activities with OCHA, ZIF contributes to increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of international humanitarian aid in complex crisis situations.